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Fleetwood Windows Reviews
Read 4 Fleetwood Windows reviews on this Southern California based thermally broken aluminum window manufacturer.
Editor's Fleetwood Window Review
Fleetwood is a California based company (headquartered in Corona in Southern California) that manufactures and sells high end thermally broken aluminum windows and doors. There products are rather high end, meaning they are going to be quite expensive and available only through your builder, architect or other local distributor. There aren't a ton of reviews out there on Fleetwood windows and doors, mainly because the company tends to service more commercial projects, as opposed to the residential market.
In general, they seem to be good - a well made aluminum window. Of course, for many consumers, the price tag puts them out of reach for a whole lot of homeowners. The Fleetwood windows warranty is lifetime on defects in materials and workmanship, ten years on the insulated glass, a five year provision on aluminum anodized finishes, and a five or ten year period on painted finishes (depending on the option you select). The document is not all that long so I would strongly advise consumers to read the warranty in full before you buy.
Dane - Site Editor - from 2015
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Fleetwood Windows Complaint
Hi, I found your site by researching online and really hope you can help with my fiasco situation.
We finished our new construction nearly three years ago; it is a modern home and we purchased and installed Fleetwood windows. They have been leaking since they have been installed, the butyl lining inside the windows has been melting. We are in San Francisco Bay Area, no crazy temperatures. Fleetwood has replaced glass in multiple windows under warranty now 3 times, the glass keeps failing over and over again.
We live up in the hills and get some windy days, the house gets incredibly loud on windy days - this is not our first house, and never had we experienced this before. Some glass panels move with every gust of wind. In the summer the house gets too hot, in the winter about 6-10 inches of our hardwood floor by the windows gets very cold. We are at a point where I would like to replace all the windows, but since we got burned with supposedly high-quality top of the line Fleetwood windows, we have no clue what company to go with now.
Because our house is modern we need the outsides to be metal (aluminum?), but we need maybe more energy efficient windows and some that wont let the wing get through the cracks? We started looking at Weather Shield, but their reviews are not great and after dealing with Fleedwood customer service for the last three years, we need a good customer service company.
We never thought that such a basic component as windows can cause so many problems. If you have a moment to recommend some replacement window companies that may fit our parameters, we would be very grateful. And of course if you know of any thoughtful and experienced window installers in our area who can recommend how to fix our issues, we would very much appreciate those recommendations.
Saina - Homeowner - from 2019
[Site Editor's Answer]
Wow, Saina, I am sorry to hear about your troubles. Are you looking for more aluminum windows? Marvin makes a good fiberglass window, but that doesn't feel like that's what you're after. The best aluminum windows I know of are Don Young windows, but they don't have a dealer in Northern California (or California in general, they are mostly Texas-based).
Milgard makes aluminum windows for residential projects and these will certainly be available in your area. Milgard has a decent reputation, but there are lots of reviews out there on them that are less than stellar. I'd heard good things about Fleetwood, so your experience is troubling.
If you really want to stick with aluminum, I might call up Don Young windows and see if they would ship up to you. They might be able to give you some suggestions of aluminum window companies as well. I think the other thing I would do is call up every local window company "in the book" and ask about aluminum windows available in northern california and see if you can't get some consensus of what people recommend.
Tim - Site Editor - from 2019
Fleetwood Aluminum Windows
We recently finished our custom home that used all Fleetwood aluminum windows. During the past storm (I live in Northern California), we had multiple windows leak.
At first we thought the flashing was to blame so I hire an expert to do some testing and consultation and his conclusion was that it was the windows. I've tried to get in touch with Fleetwood for weeks now and they've ignored us thus far. Then I threatened to send them the report from the waterproofing expert and suddenly they sent someone out. I spent nearly $100,000 on the windows and I'm obviously very disappointed with the results.
Janice - Homeowner - from 2014
Quality Of Fleetwood Windows
I have Fleetwood aluminum windows and sliding doors, they are more or less commercial-grade windows, which seems to be how the company makes most of their money from. Ours thermally broken aluminum windows are thick and solid, really high quality materials. They weren't cheap, I'd say double the cost of a comparable vinyl window.
There are tons of different options to choose from; frame color, glass thickness, frame type. One thing to be aware of, a custom frame color can add considerable cost and delivery time for your project. For our home, we opted for a laminated glass to reduce UV damage on the west facing windows. The laminated glass adds maybe $100 each, but we felt like it was worth it, especially because aluminum windows last so long because they are so strong.
The other really good thing about the Fleetwood windows was the good U-factor for aluminum. Aluminum is usually horrible in its data performance, but the Fleetwood was solid - not near as good as vinyl, but good for aluminum. I was really impressed with the windows, although they are very expensive.
Tom - Homeowner - from 2009
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